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Fargo Marathon rated best value in Runner's World magazine

January's Runner's World features the Fargo Marathon. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

The Fargo Marathon got a public relations boost in the latest issue of Runner's World magazine. Readers voted the event as the best value of all marathons in the United States.

The marathon was also rated No. 8 in the best overall marathons across the country - ahead of nationally known races like the Twin Cities Marathon (No. 18), New York Marathon (No. 23) and Chicago Marathon (No. 61).

"I think it puts us on the map to the rest of the country in terms of quality of the event," said Mark Knutson, the executive director of the marathon. "I think our region is known for being a good value."

Although fees vary depending on time of registration, runners generally paid between $60 and $75 for the marathon and between $45 and $60 for the half marathon. Knutson said the fees have gone up very little in the five years it has existed.

The survey also takes into account lodging and food. There have been no reports of Fargo-Moorhead hotels raising their rates just for the marathon weekend.

"They could. It's a function of supply and demand," Knutson said. "The lodging partners we have do a good job of bringing the customers in and they leave happy. Nobody feels like they're getting gouged."

Runner's World has a circulation of 650,000 and touts 2.75 million readers.

"That doesn't hurt," Knutson said.

The 2010 event, which will be broken into a three-day affair starting with the youth run on Thursday night, will be held May 20-22. The 5K is being moved to Friday night with the marathon, half marathon, 10K and relays on Saturday.

Runner's World cited the large expo, quality race shirts and medals as part of the good value. Plus, the magazine says the "enthusiastic on-course support" adds to the value.

"Something like this is deserved by everybody involved," Knutson said. "The community, the dome facility, people on the course, the volunteers ... It's an award the whole community should be proud of."

Readers can reach Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack at (701) 241-5546

Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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